About

Dynamic Strides Therapy

Dynamic Strides Therapy (DST) is the one place where children with special needs can experience the therapeutic benefits of equine movement, a unique sensory gym and the compassionate support of skilled, certified therapists.

DST is dedicated to one goal: delivering transformational outcomes for every child.

Child and Family

For the child and family, DST offers appropriate and specific therapy that can ultimately lead to life-changing results. Our down-to-earth therapists use hippotherapy, the sensory gym and the therapy clinic’s resources seamlessly to achieve extraordinary results.

Hippotherapy

In rhythm with the horse, hippotherapy provides a child with a sense of connection; they can gain new self-confidence and experience various functional benefits. 

Sensory Gym

In our sensory gym, kids can address sensory processing, as well as physical and cognitive skills in a stress-free environment to help them reach their full potential.

Opening Doors

DST opens doors, literally and figuratively. Over time, the total experience is transformational, benefitting both child and family.

Mission

Empowering children to achieve their maximum potential by providing accessibility to skilled therapy services in an integrated environment.

Vision

We envision a world where specialized pediatric therapy provides for every child, a life changed; for every family, hope.

Core Values

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COMMITMENT

We are committed to changing the lives of our patients.

ADVOCACY

With every child’s best interest in mind, we will find a way to support his or her needs, every step of the way.

COMPASSION

 We have a sincere desire to help our patients reach their maximum potential.

SERVICE-ORIENTED

Our service-oriented team is driven by a passion to provide the best quality care.

INTEGRITY

We will always do the right thing for our patients and our community.

EVIDENCE-BASED THERAPY

We integrate clinical expertise with scientific evidence to provide high quality services.

FAMILY-CENTERED

We include and empower the patient’s family regarding decisions involving the child.

EDUCATION/RESEARCH

We are committed to educating our therapists, our patients, families and our community.

Our DST Team

Meet Our Board of Directors

  • Brandi O’Reilly, DPT Founder and Board President
  • Jennifer Garner, DPT Physical Therapist and Clinic Manager
  • Mark Rader
    Mark Rader Secretary
  • Reed Hopper
    Reed Hopper Treasurer
  • Ryan O’Reilly
    Ryan O’Reilly Board Vice-President
  • Elizabeth Obrey
    Elizabeth Obrey Board Member
  • Brenda Wake, PTA
    Brenda Wake, PTA Board Member
  • Elizabeth Nelson
    Elizabeth Nelson Board Member

Meet Our Extraordinary Horses

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Boots

The largest of our therapy horses, Boots, standing at 15.2 hands, is a chestnut Quarter Horse born in 2006. In his prior career, Boots was a Hunt Seat Equitation horse for a 4-H family. He has been working at DST since 2017 and has been a favorite with our taller riders.

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Coco

Foaled in 1993, Coco, a paint Shetland Pony, is our smallest mount, standing at just 11.1 hands. He started his second career at Dynamic Strides Therapy in 2008. Coco’s spunky spirit in a tiny package makes him very popular with our smallest riders.

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Feathers

Feathers, a Welsh Cross mare, foaled in 1997, is our most forward and business-like therapy pony. Standing at 13+ hands, she is suitable for most of our patients. Prior to joining DST in 2019, Feathers was an accomplished Eventing pony used by local Pony Club members.

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Flynn

Flynn is another recent addition to Dynamic Strides Therapy, coming to us in 2019. He stands at 14.3 hands, and in his prior career he was a Hunter/Jumper. Flynn, born in 1999, is kind and generous, making him a favorite with all of our patients who get to ride him.

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Freckles

Foaled in 1996, Freckles, a Pony of Americas (P.O.A.) stands at 12.0 hands. He started his therapy career with us in 2007. It is safe to say that despite being the grumpiest and crankiest pony at DST, with an opinion on everything, Freckles is our most utilized and reliable pony.

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Kasey

At 14.2 hands and donated to DST in 2018, Kasey is our only purebred Arabian. Used as a trail horse prior to coming to us, he has quickly become a solid and consistent therapy horse. Kasey has energetically become the ‘go-to’ horse for all of our patients.

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Lil Max

Lil Max, a Welsh Cross gelding, is our oldest and most respected citizen. Born in 1988, coming to us in 2007 with a background in therapy, he is tolerant, tractable, and generous to all our children. Standing at 12.0 hands, Lil Max is the most trusted with those who need a little extra help and nurturing.

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Peaches

Peaches arrived at DST in 2017, and little is known about her past. Our guess is that she is a Connemara Cross foaled in 1997. Standing at 13.1 hands, Peaches is possibly the hardest working pony at DST. She has a special place in our hearts for her remarkable kindness and patience.

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Poncho

Possibly our most handsome pony, Poncho is a 13.3 hand Dun gelding, born in 2002. Being a Mounted Posse horse prior to his donation in 2019, Poncho has quickly learned the ins and outs of being a therapy horse. He is a great size for most of our children, and brings charisma to all of his sessions.

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X-ey

X-ey, likely a Quarter Horse Cross foaled in 2002, was donated in 2020. Standing at 14.2 hands he is a stout and solid bay gelding who has become a favorite by accommodating many of our older children. X-ey, originally from Mexico, was a well-loved family horse who has already proven he will be an integral addition to DST.

We Couldn’t Have Said It Better Ourselves

  • Dynamic Strides Therapy has an amazing way of disguising therapy as fun! We have had the therapy there for years ands absolutely LOVE it!! All of the staff and volunteers are so kind and genuinely care about every single child they serve! Dynamic Strides Therapy makes you feel like family, and I couldn't imagine going any other place!

    Tiffany Eggleston Parent
  • I've volunteered at Dynamic Strides Therapy Riding for about six years. In that length of time I've seen some amazing things. Children gain strength in their core to be able to sit up better and hold their head up better & longer. Children gain balance. Some even speak more. The results are invaluable.

    Jackie Gilkey Volunteer
  • My business partner and I were given the opportunity to observe the people at Dynamic Strides Therapy conduct a hippotherapy session with a patient. I will never forget it.  I saw a young boy begin with great reluctance and assumed the session would end with everyone feeling exasperated and disappointed. Yet by the end of the session - thanks to the DST team's incredible patience and expertise - the young boy embraced the opportunity and he was beaming. His mother was kind enough to initiate a conversation and share the ways her son and family have benefited from hippotherapy. For me as an observer, it was an emotional and singular experience.

    John Mack Partner at Brandigm, Corporate donor

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Make a Dynamic Contribution

A donation today can transform a child’s life. Your contribution will go directly toward improving facilities and equipment, caring for our beloved horses and enhancing the quality of care we provide for our patients.